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NASDA Sets Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill
February 2, 2017
NASDA Sets Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) came to an agreement regarding priorities for the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

FDA Scolds Aspen Hills Cookie Dough Facility for Poor Cleaning, Sanitizing
January 30, 2017
FDA Scolds Aspen Hills Cookie Dough Facility for Poor Cleaning, Sanitizing

A letter sent to Aspen Hills from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blames the company for not doing enough to prevent the spread of Listeria monocytogenes in their processing facility.

Memo Explains Effect of Trump’s Regulatory Freeze on FSMA Enforcement
January 27, 2017
Memo Explains Effect of Trump’s Regulatory Freeze on FSMA Enforcement

President Donald Trump recently issued a freeze on new or pending federal regulations that must now be reviewed and approved prior to enforcement.

Trump’s Withdrawal from TPP Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Food Industry?
January 25, 2017
Trump’s Withdrawal from TPP Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Food Industry?

Earlier this week, newly elected President Donald Trump carried out one of his campaign promises by formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a deal that took 7 years to negotiate under former President Barack Obama.

FSA’s “Go for Gold” Campaign to Minimize Consumers’ Exposure to Acrylamide, Cancer
January 23, 2017
FSA’s “Go for Gold” Campaign to Minimize Consumers’ Exposure to Acrylamide, Cancer

Today, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a “Go for Gold” campaign aimed at helping consumers to understand how they can minimize exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home.

Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor to Lead USDA
January 19, 2017
Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor to Lead USDA

Less than 2 days before Donald J. Trump officially takes his seat as the 45th president of the United States, reports began to surface that the President-Elect finally chose a new leader to head up the U.S. Department of Agriculture--former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican.

EFSA Introduces OpenFoodTox Database on Chemical Food Hazards
January 18, 2017
EFSA Introduces OpenFoodTox Database on Chemical Food Hazards

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) unveiled OpenFoodTox--a new database that provides instant access to a wealth of information from over 1,650 EFSA scientific outputs about the toxicity of chemicals found in the food and feed chain.

FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods
January 13, 2017
FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing an updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenesin Ready-To-Eat Foods,” which supports ongoing efforts by industry and government agencies to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.

 

CDC: Alaskan Wild Salmon May Have Japanese Tapeworm
January 12, 2017
CDC: Alaskan Wild Salmon May Have Japanese Tapeworm

A study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week states that wild salmon caught in Alaska could be infected with Japanese broad tapeworm--a parasite previously believed to only infect fish in Asia.

Farm Stand Hazelnuts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Oregon
January 10, 2017
Farm Stand Hazelnuts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Oregon

Hazelnuts from an Oregon farm have been reportedly linked to a Salmonella outbreak.

Fast Food Chain Wendy’s Making Strides with Food Suppliers, Antibiotics, Sustainable Beef and More
January 6, 2017
Fast Food Chain Wendy’s Making Strides with Food Suppliers, Antibiotics, Sustainable Beef and More

This week, The Wendy’s Company released its 2016 update on significant corporate social responsibility initiatives, including plans for continued progress in 2017.

2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers
January 5, 2017
2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers

Between March and April 2016, 14 consumers in eight states became ill with Salmonella Oslo after apparently eating contaminated cucumbers. After epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory investigations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says the source of the outbreak was Persian cucumbers.

Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak
January 3, 2017
Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak

According to reports, Blue Bell Creameries is asking federal regulators to let up and allow the Texas-based ice cream maker to get back to business as usual following a deadly Listeria outbreak.

FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy
December 21, 2016
FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an updated training strategy that reflects progress made with the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) over the past year or so.

Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany
December 21, 2016
Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany

During the second half of 2016, Germany has experienced an increase in the number of Salmonella Stourbridge cases. The source of the infections has yet to be identified.

EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases
December 19, 2016
EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases

The European Union has released a summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and foodborne outbreaks in 2015.

Fresh Del Monte Produce's Genetically Modified Pink Pineapple OK for Sale
December 16, 2016
Del Monte’s Genetically Modified Pink Pineapple OK for Sale

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided this week that a genetically modified pink pineapple--developed by food giant Fresh Del Monte Produce--is now safe to sell in the U.S.

FSIS: “Best if Used By” Dates to Curb Food Waste, Save Money
December 16, 2016
FSIS: “Best if Used By” Dates to Curb Food Waste, Save Money

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new information on food product labeling. This includes new guidance that encourages food manufacturers and retailers to apply “Best if Used By” date labels to food products.

EPA Meets to Assess Glyphosate’s Link to Cancer
December 14, 2016
EPA Meets to Assess Glyphosate’s Link to Cancer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tasked a panel of independent experts--the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel--with meeting this week with the goal of determining once and for all whether or not glyphosate--the most commonly used herbicide in the world--is linked to cancer.

ConAgra to Plead Guilty in 2006 Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter Case
December 12, 2016
ConAgra to Plead Guilty in 2006 Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter Case

About 10 years ago, ConAgra’s Peter Pan brand peanut butter sickened hundreds of consumers in a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. Now, the food giant is heading to court to complete an $11.2 million settlement--the largest criminal fine ever ordered in a U.S. food safety case.

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